I worked on my first naming assignment about 15 years ago at Interbrand San Francisco. I liked it so much that after leaving Interbrand, I decided to start moonlighting as a freelance namer for agencies all over the world. I’ve since lived and worked in Asia, eventually returning to Interbrand San Francisco as director of […]
In my experience, brand consultants are a contrarian lot. We agree on very little, right down to the best definition of “brand.” The high-level naming process, however, may be a rare point of consensus: create a brief, generate ideas (often hundreds), shortlist, prescreen, and present. If necessary, repeat. But as any home chef will tell […]
A few months back, at an overpriced San Francisco juice shop, I met up with a woman interested in becoming a professional namer. After 10+ years in the naming world, I’d had this conversation before. When people hear I’m a namer, their response is often some combination of, “That’s a job?” and “I think I’d […]
“Professional namer.” Yes, it’s a real job. In case you’ve ever been curious what it’s like to do this job, we’ve pulled some of the web’s best articles by and/or about namers and the wonderful, weird world of brand naming.